The Silver Lake Blog

Choosing Another Path: A Freshman Transfer Student's Story

Posted by Suzanne Weiss on May 15, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Paige Owen grew up in Mishicot, WI, twenty minutes away from Silver Lake College, but it wasn’t until much later that she decided to attend the school.

In fact, Owen began her freshman year of college at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin to study music. After having been involved at Lawrence’s music program in high school via their high school honor band, private lessons, and band camp, applying to Lawrence seemed like the logical next step.

And when Owen was accepted into the program, it was a no-brainer; Lawrence’s prestige was a big draw.

“If you get into Lawrence, you go to Lawrence,” she explained to me over the phone.

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Topics: Music, Transfer students, Interview

Top 10 Things to Love about Silver Lake College

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on May 8, 2015 1:39:00 PM

What do we love about Silver Lake? As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you a little bit of our Lakers pride.

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Nurse in Training: One Student's Journey to Nursing School

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on Apr 24, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Silver Lake College freshman Shamir Jackson isn’t the first in her family to attend college.

However, she is determined to be the first to graduate with a four-year degree.

The 19-year-old nursing major from Milwaukee is a recipient of a number of grants, including a $2,900 Wisconsin Tuition Grant and a $1,000 Wisconsin Talent Grant.

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Topics: Nursing

5 Things to Do on Your Campus Visit

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on Mar 27, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Visiting the colleges you’ve applied to is an important step in the college application process — nothing can give you an inside look at a school quite like walking around campus, meeting students, and learning about its facilities.

Here are five things to do once you get to campus for your visit:

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Topics: College application process, Campus visits

Why Franciscan Values Matter for Higher Education

Posted by Jamie Grant on Mar 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Some studies point toward how many students lose the religion they were raised in during college. Others say that, thanks to campus ministry programs and other efforts, students emerge with stronger faith. Regardless of which of these is the case more often, one thing is sure: college is perhaps the most formative time in a young person’s life.

With that in mind, it’s important to choose a school dedicated to forming students to be moral, contributing citizens after graduation. Values matter. So if you are a college-bound high school student (or a parent of one), consider the values of the schools you apply to. Ask current students, admissions officers, alumni — anyone who can give you an idea of the school’s culture — what they think the college’s values are. What will you take with you after graduation, besides that diploma?

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known about Choosing a College

Posted by Suzanne Weiss on Mar 13, 2015 4:00:00 PM


If I could re-do my college selection process, I’d approach it differently.

Since I was the first one in my family to attend college, my parents didn’t know how to help me and didn’t get involved in the selection process. We never toured colleges, discussed choices, or researched alternatives. I was unsure about my career path.

I ended up choosing the least expensive option, since no one talked to me about scholarships or loans. My freshman and sophomore years were difficult, and I felt lonely and lost.

Luckily, I “found myself” during my junior year, changed majors and got to know a group of people on campus with the same interests and career goals.

“Selecting is a college can be compared to buying a pair of blue jeans,” said Jamie Grant, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. “You’ll find a lot of styles, sizes, and price ranges. But remember, a good fit for your friend may not necessarily be a good fit for you.” 

To help you prevent making the same mistakes I made, I collaborated with Jamie to come up with the following helpful tips: 

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Topics: Insider, College application process

5 Questions and Answers about the Kodaly Approach to Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on Mar 7, 2015 4:03:00 PM

Each summer, students from around the world attend the Summer Music Session at Silver Lake to pursue their Kodaly Certificate. However, some educators and musicians may have never heard of the Kodaly approach.

My name is Rachel Ware Carlton, and I’m the Director of Graduate Music at Silver Lake College. Here I’ve answered five questions people new to Kodaly commonly have about the method.

What makes the Kodaly approach different from other forms of music education?

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Topics: Music, Kodaly Approach

Small College or Big University? 10 Questions to Help You Decide

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on Feb 18, 2015 2:30:00 PM

I attended a large university where classes were often held in big auditoriums, and I found it hard to connect with my instructors and classmates. It was difficult for me to meet new people and make friends.

Truth be told, I had a tough time during my freshman and sophomore years. If I’d thought about how college size would impact my experience before I went off to school, I might have made a different choice.

One of the first decisions you will make when you select a college is whether you prefer a small college or a larger university. Everyone is different! Different personalities and different goals all figure into the decision of choosing the size of the college you will attend.

I worked with Jamie Grant, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI, to come up with the following questions to help you when looking at colleges:

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Topics: College application process

About This Blog

Deciding where, when, and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips.